The Wiggle South Downs Epic stands out as one of our best mountain bike events in the calendar. At 40 miles, the Epic route of this ride is the longest, and its 3,218ft of elevation gain also makes for the most amount of climbing – with Standard and Short courses also ranking as relatively tough.
Don’t let this dissuade you though as the climbs give irresistible dropping descents in return, and the incredible views and scenic Sussex sights across the South Downs National Park are tricky to top.
Starting out from Fontwell Racecourse, this mid-season test should be the ultimate poser for any riders wishing to assess their skills and fitness on two wheels up against nature in this great adventure. You’ll head out past Slindon at the start of the day, on a gradient that is always rising for the first few miles, as the route takes in little-explored trails and woodland sections.
After Cocking, your persistence is rewarded as the terrain turns and points mostly downhill for the a considerable chunk of the ensuing anti-clockwise off-road loop around the Chichester district – one highlight being the fast drop just after Lambdown Hill.
A handful of other technical downhill sections will present themselves from there on towards the finish line, albeit matched by some leg pumping climbs as well.
You’ll enjoy stunning views over the south coast from the top of Kingley Vale and St Roches Hill while out on the course – and the rolling finish on the last few miles of bridleways and paths along the South Downs Way make this a must for any keen off-road rider.
We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.